Ankit Disa

  • Scientist



Condensed Matter Department,
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, CFEL

Bldg. 99, Rm. O2.057
Luruper Chaussee 149
22761 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: +49-(0)40-8998-88117

Short bio

Ankit received his BS from Cornell University in 2010 and his PhD from Yale University in 2016. His work has concerned the design and control of novel electronic and magnetic phases in complex oxide heterostructures. At Yale, by fabricating atomically-precise layered materials composed of strongly correlated oxides, he studied how interfacial engineering can statically manipulate charge, orbital, and lattice configurations using a combination of low-temperature transport and synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy.

Ankit joined the Cavelleri group at MPSD in September 2016. He is interested in exploring how optically driven lattice and electronic excitations can be employed to induce/enhance emergent interfacial phenomena in complex oxide heterostructures.

In 2021 he became a fellow of the Max Planck - New York City Centre for Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena.

Research Interests

  • Strongly correlated electron systems
  • Complex oxide heterostructures
  • Thin films and interfaces
  • Charge, spin, and orbital order
  • Electronic and magnetic phase transitions

Selected publications

Probing photo-induced rearrangements in the NdNiO3 magnetic spiral with polarization-sensitive ultrafast resonant soft x-ray scattering
K.R. Beyerlein, A.S. Disa, M. Först, M. Henstridge, T. Gebert, T. Forrest, A. Fitzpatrick, C. Dominguez, J. Fowlie, M. Gibert, J.-M. Triscone, S.S. Dhesi and A. Cavalleri
  Physical Review B, 102, 014311 (2020)


Polarizing an antiferromagnet by optical engineering of the crystal field
Ankit S. Disa, Michael Fechner, Tobia F. Nova, Biaolong Liu, Michael Först, Dharmalingam Prabhakaran, Paolo G. Radaelli, Andrea Cavalleri
Nature Physics16, 937–941 (2020), advance online june 22th

⇒ News & Views: Shaken not strained by Dominik M. Juraschek & Prineha Narang
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Metastable ferroelectricity in optically strained SrTiO3
Tobia Nova, Ankit Disa, Michael Fechner, Andrea Cavalleri
Science, 364, 6445, 1075-1079 (2019)


Magnetic-Field Tuning of Light-Induced Superconductivity in Striped La2−xBaxCuO4
D. Nicoletti, D. Fu, O. Mehio, S. Moore, A. S. Disa, G. D. Gu, and A. Cavalleri
 Physical Review Letters,121, 267003 (2018)


Control of hidden ground state order in NdNiO3 superlattices
A.S. Disa, A.B. Georgescu, J.L. Hart, D.P. Kumah, P. Schafer, E. Arenholz, D.A. Arena, S. Ismail-Beigi, M.L. Taheri, F.J. Walker, C.H. Ahn

Phys. Rev. Materials 1, 024410 (2017)

Orbital Engineering in Symmetry-Breaking Polar Heterostructures
A.S. Disa, D.P. Kumah, A. Malashevich, H. Chen, D.A. Arena, E.D. Specht, S. Ismail-Beigi, F.J. Walker, C.H. Ahn
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 026801 (2015)  
*        Editor’s Suggestion, highlighted in a Viewpoint in Physics, and selected as Editors’ Choice in Science  
Tuning the Structure of Nickelates to Achieve Two-Dimensional Electron Conduction
D.P. Kumah, A.S. Disa, J.H. Ngai, H. Chen, A. Malashevich, J.W. Reiner, S. Ismail-Beigi, F.J. Walker, C.H. Ahn
Adv. Mater. 26, 1935 (2014)  

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